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42-8659

P-47 Thunderbolt

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One time personal aircraft of Capt Dominic Gentile. Transferred to 367FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force

    9th Air Force

    Command

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • 367th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

Places

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • High Halden

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings. High Halden was then used as a Ninth Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, before being occupied by the 358th Fighter Group in 1944.

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed High Halden, Kent, UK 24 April 1944

Taxiing Accident High Halden/Sta 411 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert P Alward, 24-Apr-44.

367FS 358FG 9AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2016 21:38:10 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=8659&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-8659&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2015 16:47:53 general ira snapsorter Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Added new aircraft and connections from :
- Little Friends at http://www.littlefriends.co.uk
- http://www.cieldegloire.com

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